Young Guardians Empowered To Take Action Against Marine Pests at SEA LIFE Melbourne

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium in partnership with Agriculture Victoria and the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA), has launched the Junior Marine Biosecurity Officer program.

This brand-new offering aims to educate and empower young minds during a visit to the aquarium, to actively participate in the protection of local marine species from the threat of marine pests.

The Junior Marine Biosecurity Officer program will provide children with hands-on learning experiences through an interactive activity trail with activities designed to deepen their understanding of marine conservation. Children will learn about the importance of protecting local species from marine pests and will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to make a positive impact. Once they have completed the activity trail, children will receive a Junior Marine Biosecurity Officer certificate to take home alongside their activity booklet.

"At SEA LIFE Melbourne, we are committed to inspiring the next generation of ocean stewards, and through our partnership with DEECA and Agriculture Victoria, we are excited to offer young visitors the opportunity to become Junior Marine Biosecurity Officers and take an active role in protecting our precious marine ecosystems."

Claire Burrell, General Manager, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

"This activity will provide valuable knowledge to young Victorians in a fun and memorable way and equip them with the skills they need to identify invasive pests and become the marine biosecurity heroes our state needs.”

Michaela Settle MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture

Central to the campaign is the introduction of "Aggie," the official biosecurity mascot of Agriculture Victoria. Aggie will serve as a friendly ambassador, guiding visitors through various activities and encouraging them to take action to safeguard our oceans.